Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 months ago

Rask, who stopped 23 of 25 shots in Saturday's shootout loss to the Lightning, tied a Bruins' record in the process, by playing in his 70th game this season, TSN.ca reports.

It was the most games played by a Boston goalie since Eddie Johnston saw action in 70 games back in 1963-64. While Rask finished this past season with respectable enough numbers - a 34-21-13 record, 2.30 GAA and .922 save percentage -- it was a step back from his Vezina Trophy effort in 2013-14, in which he posted a 36-15-6 record, while recording a 2.04 GAA to go along with a .930 save percentage and a league-high seven shutouts. While Rask is entrenched as the B's top goalie, the team's failure to qualify for the playoffs this season figures to lead to a fair amount of roster turnover as the 2015-16 campaign approaches.

Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 months ago

Rask was the first goalie off the ice for morning skate and is in line to start Saturday's game against the Lightning, ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald reports.

With the Senators winning earlier Saturday to claim a playoff spot, the Bruins will have to defeat the Lightning and rely on the slim probability of the Penguins losing to the Sabres in order to earn their way into the postseason. Those stakes will put some serious pressure on Rask to come up huge, which he hasn't been able to do in his last two turns. He's taken losses to the Capitals and Panthers in those outings, giving up three and four goals, respectively.

Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 months ago

Rask gave up four goals on 30 shots Thursday in a 4-2 loss to the Panthers.

A brutal loss for Rask and the Bruins, as it dealt a massive blow to their playoff hopes. They're not eliminated, but they're going to need a ton of luck to make it in. It's probably not going to happen, but the Bruins will likely roll Rask out again Saturday in Tampa Bay as they try to put their best foot forward in the regular-season finale.

Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 months ago

Rask led the Bruins on the ice for warmups and will be in the crease Thursday against the Panthers.

The Bruins wasted a huge opportunity to put themselves on solid ground for a playoff spot by losing to the Capitals on Wednesday, so the team will need to lean on Rask for the second game in as many nights. While some concerns about fatigue might be warranted, Rask had been outstanding prior to Wednesday's loss, winning his previous four games while allowing two or fewer goals in each of those appearances. He should still make for a fine play against the low-scoring Panthers.

Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 months ago

Rask allowed three goals on 33 shots in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Capitals.

Rask had been on a hot streak having won four straight heading into Wednesday's matchup, but his teammates were never able to break through on the other end of the ice. He's almost guaranteed to get the remainder of the starts in net for the Bruins as they continue to battle for the last playoff spot in the East.

Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 months ago

Rask is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Caps, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports.

With the Bruins in must-win mode as the team tries to secure a playoff spot, look for Rask -- who has earned wins in his last five appearances -- to start all three of the team's remaining regular season contests.

Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 months ago

Rask made 27 saves through regulation and turned away all shooters in the shootout Saturday in a 2-1 victory over Toronto.

The Bruins needed that win to keep them in the wild card spot and Rask secured that for them. He now has won five straight games after losing the five before that.

Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 months ago

Rask will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports.

With wins in four straight turns and no more than two goals allowed in each contest, Rask is getting hot precisely when the Bruins need him most. He'll have a prime opportunity to extend the winning streak to five games Saturday, as the Maple Leafs have been utterly punchless since the beginning of January. They rank 24th in the league in scoring with just 2.56 goals per game, making them vulnerable to any goalie, much less a sizzling one like Rask.

Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 months ago

Rask saved 35 of 37 shots and came away with a 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Thursday -- his fourth straight win.

Over those four games, Rask has given up just five total goals. As we reach the end of the season, Rask's stats -- which have lagged all year -- are getting back into their normal range, and now that he finally looks right in net again, the Bruins' potential playoff opponents have to be feeling some fear.

Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 months ago

Rask is in line to start Thursday's game against Detroit.

Rask, who has earned wins in each of his last three appearances, will face a banged-up Detroit squad Thursday that will be without forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Erik Cole and Tomas Jurco.